STORIES FOR ALL –
A Storyteller’s Sharing Session on Experiences in the Special Needs Classroom
Join Nancy in a sharing of experiences in using storytelling with children with special needs on:
Date: Thursday 28 January 2021
Time: 7.30pm to 9pm (Singapore time)
See: https://tinyurl.com/LeppardTime for the time in your time zone. If the timing is not convenient you can opt to receive the recording.
Cost: SGD$5 for FEAST members (FOC for Young Storyteller members)
SGD$10 for non-members
Nancy Leppard became a professional storyteller 15 years ago, after a career as both a special needs and a mainstream teacher. In this webinar she will share her experiences of telling stories in various special needs schools in Singapore and beyond. She will share how she chooses stories and the various strategies for telling them based on specific needs pupils of varying ages with different types of special needs.
Nancy believes that storytellers have many tools to use, but we must use them with careful thought and constant reflection. She says, “Over the years I learnt that what works in one session might not work in another, and what works with one child might not work with another. So, what did I do? I went back to basics. I worked on the stories. I worked on myself. I thought deeply about what I should keep and what I should change.”
ABOUT NANCY LEPPARD
Nancy came to storytelling after more than a decade teaching both special needs and mainstream pupils. She first discovered the power of storytelling in the classroom, where she used it to engage, inspire and educate her pupils. Gradually her storytelling moved beyond the classroom and for the past 15 years she has been training and entertaining people of all ages; from pre-schoolers to senior citizens; and from all walks of life, from teachers to taxi drivers.
Nancy’s work involves performing and teaching storytelling in mainstream primary and secondary schools. She continues her passion for working with pupils with special needs by conducting storytelling workshops in various schools. She also performs in museums, shopping malls, old folks’ homes, and even on MRT trains and the Singapore Flyer. She recently embarked on bilingual storytelling in Mandarin and Teochew. Further afield, Nancy has performed for the Society for the Blind in Nottingham and at the Middle Street Resource Centre in Nottingham UK, at the Kaohsiung Children’s Museum of Art in Taiwan and at the MS2 St. Johann in Tirol, a primary school in St. Johann, Austria.
Most recently and due to travel restrictions, she featured in the Singapore Eco Film Festival with a story for the Jane Goodall Institute Singapore. Nancy has been a Professional Member of the Storytelling Association (Singapore) for the last 15 years and is a long serving Executive Committee Member.